Sarah Zebak Summer Law Student

Speaks:  English, French, Spanish

Primary office:  Ottawa

Sarah Zebak

Sarah Zebak is a summer student in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. Originally from Edmonton, Sarah is a law student at the University of Ottawa pursuing the option in health law.

She is an advocate for multilingualism in the legal profession as a tool for expanding access to justice for non-English speakers. Sarah loves modern languages, and she has an international bachelor of the arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). She was recognized for academic excellence through various awards and scholarships at MUN, notably the Heaslip Scholarship, the Colbourne Family Scholarship and the Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in Spanish.

Sarah’s interest in health law developed over time from her experience working as a summer student in medical research for the University of Alberta in Radiation Oncology. Her interest in the area deepened with hands-on experience volunteering as a first responder for the Canadian Ski Patrol throughout her post-secondary education as well as working as a lifeguard during her undergraduate studies.

Sarah has studied abroad in Spain (2016) and France (2020), and has accepted an offer to study abroad at Tel Aviv University as part of her legal education in 2023. She believes diverse international experiences help people become more open-minded and gain perspectives which can establish better professionals.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys outdoor sports and activities such as hiking, skiing and kayaking. She also plays water polo and practises yoga.

Career & Recognition

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    • Education
      Memorial University of Newfoundland, International Bachelor of the Arts
    • Education
      University of Ottawa, JD (expected)
  • Karen Mulder, Sarah Zebak et al: Does loosening the inclusion criteria of the CROSS trial impact outcomes in the curative intent trimodality treatment of esophageal and gastroesophageal cancer patients? Journal of Clinical Oncology (publication accepted April 2022/ in press)
  • Kurian Joseph, Sarah Zebak, et al. Adjuvant Breast Radiotherapy Alone or with Endocrine Therapy after Breast Conserving Surgery in Older Women with Low-Risk Breast Cancer: Results from a Population-Based Study. Journal of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology. 10.1016/j.radonc.2020.09.017.
  • Joseph K, Wang M, Zebak S, et al. Is Adjuvant Radiotherapy Alone (Without Hormone Therapy) a Treatment Option for Women 70 Years or Older with Early Stage Breast Cancer? Radiotherapy and Oncology, Volume 139, Pages S76-S77, October 2019. Presented at the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists Annual Meeting 2019
  • Wang M, Zebak S, et al. Adjuvant Breast Radiotherapy Alone (Without Endocrine Therapy) in Women 70 Years or Older with Early-Stage Breast Cancer Post-Breast Conservation Surgery: A Population-Based Long-Term Follow-Up Study, International Journal of Radiation Oncology• Biology• Physics, Volume 105, Issue 1, Pages E36, September 2019. Presented at the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncologists Annual Meeting 2019
  • Susan Chafe, Larissa Vos, Clare MacDonald, Robert Couch, Sarah Zebak. Treatment of Pediatric Thyroid Cancers: A Consistent Institutional Approach: Poster Presentation, 48th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology, Dublin, Ireland. 2016
  • Retrospective analysis of preoperative chemoradiation in the treatment of esophageal and gastroesophageal patients treated with curative intent at the Cross Cancer Institute since 2010 (publication/presentation pending)
  • Retrospective chart review of patients with rectal carcinoma treated in the province of Alberta between 2005 and 2016 (publication/presentation pending)